Scouting Report: Bryant is the kind of guy that's hard for me to scout. He can go long stretches during games, and be invisible. He doesn't push corners enough when they give him cushion, he rounds off routes and gets caught up by defenders, and he will even give up on routes. But when he's good, he's great. He can beat the jam at the line of scrimmage, works well in the air, and fights for the football, and is just a big game player who wants the ball in his hands at key moments. Bryant has ideal size, he's a strong player with a great build, and catches the ball with his hands not his body. He's excellent once he has the ball in his hands, and that shows as a punt returner. The downside to Bryant is, well after being dismissed from school, he's going to have some character concerns, and some teams will be turned away by this speed in shorts.
Draft Status: Two things will decide Bryant's draft status. First will be the number of other talented underclassmen at wide receiver who declare. There are some really talented juniors who could certainly jump ahead of him. Second is his offseason. His body of work is going to be missing a year, which in one sense means fewer miles on the tires, but in the other means one less year of film and last year he had some injuries. I still think he's a first round pick, regardless of who else declares.
Final Analysis: There's a lot to lot about Bryant's game. He's a warrior on the field and on gameday he works his butt off when he knows he's getting the ball. He's a good blocker, and a really good wide out, especially against Man defenses and is athletic enough to break off the huge play now and then. He's going to have to become a better practice player, and refine things like route running, working spots in zones, and just work hard on every play. If he can get to the right team, that motivates him, he could certainly be a no.1 wide out in the NFL.
Reminds me of: Anquan Boldin, WR Arizona Cardinals- Boldin and Bryant have similar builds and similar games. And Boldin came into the league with similar questions about his game. He came into the league and worked his butt off and has turned into an elite player despite elite speed and some concerns with his game. Bryant certainly has that kind of potential if he's willing to put that same kind of work in.
Red Flags: Character Issues
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy